Hi, I’m Marc Thomas Shaw, contemplative practitioner, writer, and host of the Spiritual Directions podcast. I’m currently finishing up a guidebook on the Mythical Journey entitled The Wanderer’s Way: A Journey Toward Wholeness, due out in 2016. I also facilitate The Wanderer’s Way Workshop, applying the transformative principals of the contemplative tradition to groups large and small. I’m also a published poet and have been blogging here since 2015.
After years of study in myth, contemplative practice, and mystical theology, and with personal breakthrough experiences engaging in contemplative practices, I came to a place of profound reorientation, experiencing a sense of direction, purpose, freedom, and inner peace. Of course troubles still come, but everything’s different once you’ve drunk deeply from these kind of living waters. I recognized that many of my peers, colleagues, and even mentors rarely engaged in transformational contemplative practices, though those that did reflected a profound inner wisdom. I finally decided to pass on my experiences and invite others along for the journey. My mission is to help overstretched adults cultivate greater inner awareness and move toward their True Selves by sharing my own experiences and discoveries on the contemplative path.
To pursue that goal, I write on spirituality, the mythical journey, the contemplative life and practice, and mystical theology. On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories. You can find out more on my Start Here page.
I also have a regular podcast called, “Spiritual Directions.” I often conduct interviews with people who want to share their story, their path of transformation, often including their inner wound and how moved toward greater wholeness. I also cover similar topics as those in the blog. You can listen to it on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher. The show is rising the ranks in the Spirituality category.
My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and spiritual life. If you consider yourself someone who wants deeper spiritual focus, then this blog is for you.
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I grew up the youngest of three boys in an evangelical pastor’s home, and entered the missions field to Germany at age 9. These cross-cultural experiences in German public school, the international school, as well as American and European churches has profoundly shaped my worldview. I began my interest in contemplative practices while a student at Seattle Pacific University, where I majored in Psychology and Literature. It was there I cultivated a deep love of mystical theology, poetry of faith, and writers like Dante, Eliot, and Dostoevsky. I then pursued a Masters in Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary.
For ten years I served as an English teacher, department chair, and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the U.S.I have also been published in numerous poetry journals, including Relief Journal, Pacific Review, and The Red Brick Review.
I have been married to my wife, Karla, an associate pastor in the PCUSA, for eight years. We have a son and are also in the adoption process for a second child. We live in San Diego, California.
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